Hot Ryk couldn’t believe 'heat’s' claim

2009-11-23 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Hot or not? Ryk Neethling is steaming hot, according to readers of South African showbiz magazine, heat.

South African swimming’s golden boy has achieved what not even Brad Pitt could achieve. That is, he’s been appointed as the hottest celebrity on the planet by heat readers for two consecutive years, said editor Melinda Shaw.

Approximately 250 000 votes were cast.

“It just shows you what staying power Ryk has, winning the hearts of South Africans year after year,” said Shaw.

Neethling’s younger sister Jean-Marie accompanied him to the Heat Hot 100 party on Friday evening.

Among the other South Africans on the list are Jaco de Bruyn, this year’s winner of the Heat Man Watch competition, model Lee-Ann Liebenberg and television personality Shashi Naidoo.

“The Heat Hot 100 list makes no distinction between local and international stars, and simply asks readers to vote for their favourite celebrity. That alone makes his (Neethling’s) award so much more impressive,” said Shaw.

And what does the hot hunk think about his latest status?

According to the statement, Neethling couldn’t believe what he was hearing from heat.

“It’s crazy. I actually thought you guys (heat) were pulling my leg or something. It must be a joke, right?”

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